Definitions

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  • noun informal The jargon spoken in government.

Etymologies

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government +‎ -ese

Examples

  • You'll note that the above is internal, for government employees, most or all of whom would be well versed in the use of 'governmentese'.

    Ryan Tomayko

  • You'll note that the above is internal, for government employees, most or all of whom would be well versed in the use of 'governmentese'.

    Ryan Tomayko

  • An example of how the Plain Language Award cleaned up 'governmentese' (intentionally obfuscated languge):

    Ryan Tomayko

  • An example of how the Plain Language Award cleaned up 'governmentese' (intentionally obfuscated languge):

    Ryan Tomayko

  • The banality of political correctness, the attenuation of meaning in the argot of legalese/computere/governmentese newspeak attenuates all feeling and meaning.

    One Book, One Tweet « Third Point of Singularity

  • Much government web content is written in “governmentese” instead of plain language.

    Putting Citizens First: Transforming Online Govt White Paper

  • Meanwhile, the government issued elaborate instructions written in dense governmentese regarding what behavior was allowed, what was prohibited, these impossible-to-follow regulations enforced arbitrarily, keeping the people perpetually in violation of something.

    Our American King

  • Meanwhile, the government issued elaborate instructions written in dense governmentese regarding what behavior was allowed, what was prohibited, these impossible-to-follow regulations enforced arbitrarily, keeping the people perpetually in violation of something.

    Our American King

  • Meanwhile, the government issued elaborate instructions written in dense governmentese regarding what behavior was allowed, what was prohibited, these impossible-to-follow regulations enforced arbitrarily, keeping the people perpetually in violation of something.

    Our American King

  • His infamy was, at least to some degree, a creation of the U.S. government, whose spokesmen seized on him as the visible face of Al Qaeda in Iraq -- and living proof that the war in Iraq was the main battlefield in the grander global war on terror (GWOT, in governmentese).

    Death of a Terrorist

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